Stephen Gibson WB4NBI – SK

The Washington Post
August 8, 2010

Stephen W. Gibson Topographical Engineer

Stephen W. Gibson, 92, a retired topographical engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers, died July 8 at Heatherwood Retirement Community in Burke [VA]. He had congestive heart failure.

Mr. Gibson, a Fairfax County [VA] resident for 60 years, spent 30 years as a topographical engineer in the Corps of Engineers Topographic Laboratories at Fort Belvoir, performing research in cartography and reproduction. He retired in 1977.

Stephen William Gibson was born in Lewisham, England. He moved to Detroit with his family at age 9. After graduating from high school, Mr. Gibson moved to Washington to work at photographic and printing firms before entering the Army in 1941. After attending the Corps of Engineers’ officer candidate school, he was sent to England, where he designed aerial maps for the Eighth Air Force and the British Royal Air Force. After active duty, he served two decades in the Army Reserve.

Mr. Gibson was an amateur radio operator. He published several books in the 1980s on cellular communications and radio, including “Radio Antennas” (1983) and “Cellular Mobile Radiotelephones” (1987). He also served on the vestry at Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax.

His wife of 50 years, the former Margaret Bird, died in 2000.

Survivors include three children, Ann Allan of Falmouth, Maine, Paul Gibson of Springfield and Philip Gibson of New Bern, N.C.; a brother; and three grandchildren.